How to Make Beautiful Sgraffito Decorated Eggs

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting colour underneath.

In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito. This is such a fun activity for the whole family – even Daddy had a go!

 

In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate eggs using Sgraffito.

 

 

How to Blow an Egg.

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito. This is such a fun activity for the whole family - even Daddy had a go!

 

We are lucky enough to have a constant supply of these beautiful large tinted eggs from our lovely Light Sussex Hens. I simply washed and dried them, and then used a hand drill to make small holes in both ends of each egg.

As kids we used a pin to make the holes. When I bought the syringes and needles from our local agricultural store, the man who served me said he used to use the thorns from Hawthorn bushes.

 

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito. This is such a fun activity for the whole family - even Daddy had a go!

 

Use the syringe and needle to introduce air into the egg at one end, and the contents will push out of the other. If it is difficult for the yolk to pass out, give the contents a stir with a cocktail stick. Alternatively, you can use the traditional method of blowing with your mouth.

Once the egg is empty wash it out, and leave to dry.

 

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito. This is such a fun activity for the whole family - even Daddy had a go!

 

Decorating an egg with Sgraffito.

Paint the dry, clean eggs with acrylic paint. The eggs you see in this tutorial had two coats applied.  We found that we could just get a kebab stick into ours, which held them really nicely for painting!

Note: We painted some eggs pink and others teal, and ended up using the teal ones for the rest of this project.

 

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito. This is such a fun activity for the whole family - even Daddy had a go!

 

It’s now time to start making your Sgraffito pattern. I used a punched out butterfly as a template, then used my craft knife to scratch around it to get the outline. As long as you can grip it safely, I am sure you could use a number of different items; such as a fork prong or map pin.

 

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito. This is such a fun activity for the whole family - even Daddy had a go!

 

Once I had scratched out my outline, I added some detail to the body and wings. It is pretty easy to scratch the paint away! I repeated the process around my egg until I was satisfied with the effect.

 

Sgraffito is an art technique in which a surface layer of paint, plaster, slip, etc., is scratched away to reveal a ground of contrasting color underneath. In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate it using Sgraffito. This is such a fun activity for the whole family - even Daddy had a go!

 

We are absolutely delighted with our Sgraffito eggs turned out! The effect is really pretty, and providing you wash you egg out well and allow it to dry before painting, there is no reason why it shouldn’t last forever.

 

Here are 10 easy, recycling based crafts that you can do with things from around the house. to help keep kids entertained.

 

 

In this tutorial, we will first show you a simple technique for blowing an egg, and then how to decorate eggs using Sgraffito.

 

If you’ve enjoyed our Sgraffito eggs tutorial, you can find some more of my other easy egg decorating ideas below.

 

How to Make a Decoupaged Easter Egg

Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing coloured paper on to it, then sealing the finished product in layers of varnish until the cut-out appearance vanishes altogether. Artisans in the past have combined this technique with specialist paints and finishes such as gold leaf to produce stunning works of art.

Although I can not promise that our works of art will end up in a museum in a couple of hundred years, it is easy to use the concept of decoupage at home to decorate objects. And it is a fun activity to do with the kids.

 

Easter Egg Decoupage on blown eggs using pages torn from magazines and glue. Easy, fun craft activity for all the family.

 

How to Make Pretty String Wrapped Eggs

These pretty string wrapped eggs are perfect for Easter decorations and are quick and easy to make without having to use messy glue. We used wooden eggs for our base which we had painted white, but this method would work just as well with blown eggs, or the polystyrene ones you find in the craft stores.

 

These pretty string wrapped eggs are perfect for Easter decorations, and are quick and easy to make without having to use messy glue. Please click through for full instructions.

 

Easy Wet Felted Easter Egg Owl

Learn the process of wet felting using a washing machine with this Easy Wet Felted Easter Egg Owl using a wooden egg form.

 

Learn wet felting using a washing machine with this Easy Wet Felted Easter Egg Owl tutorial.

 

Review: Egg Art. 50 Designs to Paint, Dye and Draw

The focus of this book is, of course, the 50 beautiful egg art designs. Each project has well laid out instructions as well as a beautiful photograph of the finished design.

Designs range from those suitable for the youngest members of the family to try out on hard-boiled eggs to more intricate designs that require a little more patience and artistry.

 

The designs in Egg Art. 50 Designs to Paint, Dye and Draw are gorgeous, and the techniques used clearly explained. I challenge you not to feel inspired after flicking through this book.

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HOW TO MAKE SGRAFFITO EGGS - Mom always knows December 3, 2017 - 4:24 am

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Gina March 1, 2017 - 9:25 pm

Sarah, these are so gorgeous! I’ve actually never decorated eggs. Maybe I dyed some once as a kid for Easter. But, never anything like this! I love the way the scratched away paint looks. It’s simply magnificent. I can just imagine how gorgeous a basket of eggs like that would look on my bookshelf. 😉

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 7, 2017 - 8:12 am

Thanks Gina, the scratching is a fun technique, we’ve decoupaged some too in another tutorial and they are really pretty 🙂

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Nikki February 2, 2017 - 7:44 pm

I have never blown out an egg. Sounds crazy, I know it. Especially with two children, you would think I would have done this at some point in my life. So this is totally new to me. The end product turned out so pretty, I love the butterfly punch out that you used and I could see a bowl filled with these pieces of art. You could even do some for seasonal decoration.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 10, 2017 - 11:56 am

The kids loved the egg blowing Nikki, I have to admit it had been years since I last did it. A bowl full would be lovely, and I keep meaning to make some Christmas ones to hang on the tree – maybe next year!

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Kellie February 2, 2017 - 3:46 pm

My grandma used to have blown eggs for decoration. She loved them so much she kept them out all year. I have always been too afraid to try it. Yours are beautiful.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 10, 2017 - 11:55 am

I remember my grandmother having beautiful Chinese painted ones when we were kids Kellie – we weren’t allowed any where near them of course! Blowing them is pretty easy – we didn’t break any of ours, sadly I’m not a great artist so our decoration is pretty simple but we were still pleased with how they turned out 🙂

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Kellie February 10, 2017 - 3:14 pm

My Grandmas were very simply painted. But they sat in her buffet cabinet with pride. Yours are very well done.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 19, 2017 - 5:24 pm

What a lovely memory to have:)

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Michelle February 1, 2017 - 2:15 pm

What a fun idea Sarah. I’ve only used sgraffito in some of my paintings but it looks so pretty on the eggs. The kids must have enjoyed this so much

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 10, 2017 - 11:52 am

They loved it Michelle, and the egg blowing itself. You forget until you show them something that they don’t know whats possible until they see it done!

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Linda at Mixed Kreations January 31, 2017 - 8:02 pm

What a neat technique! I’ve never heard of Sgraffito before, but it looks like a fun way to decorate eggs. Do you think that it would work on wood as well?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 10, 2017 - 11:46 am

Thanks Linda, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work on wood – especially if you use acrylic paint as that wont soak in the way some might, do let me know how you get on if you try it 🙂

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Mary-the boondocks blog March 10, 2016 - 10:21 pm

What a great tutorial for eggs. And they look really artsy and professional. Thanks for sharing with us at Share it link party!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 11, 2016 - 6:44 pm

Thanks Mary, blowing eggs is such good fun – took me straight back to my childhood 🙂

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A Patchwork Life March 7, 2016 - 6:44 pm

So pretty! Such a lovely effect. My last attempt at blowing out eggs wasn’t the greatest success ever, but it was ages ago, and quite sure I rushed it. Think it could be time for another try!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 9, 2016 - 9:20 pm

We didn’t have too much trouble with ours – I think giving the contents a stir to break the yolk helps a lot. Let me know how you get on if you give it a go 🙂

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Let kids be kids March 7, 2016 - 2:52 pm

That’s a lovely different way to decorate eggs. Very pretty. might have to give this a try. #Trash2treasure

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 9, 2016 - 9:21 pm

Thank you, it is good fun, and I have seen some really beautiful examples by people who have more artistic talent than me 🙂

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Sarah March 7, 2016 - 2:04 pm

I remember blowing eggs as a kid. I like the syringe idea, I’m guessing it’s easier? The scaffito looks fab

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 9, 2016 - 9:23 pm

I think the syringe method is easier – mixing up the contents definitely helps as well 🙂

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Sherry March 6, 2016 - 7:07 pm

This is such a cute and clever idea. I love decorating with eggs foe Easter. Thanks also for the great instructions.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 7, 2016 - 1:39 pm

Thank you Sherry, they are lots of fun to make – even hubby couldn’t resist getting involved in this craft!

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Mudpie Fridays February 21, 2016 - 9:58 pm

This is a brilliant idea for Easter! Those eggs are really beautiful I would love to get hens. I think I will give this a try with Monkey when he is a bit older. I remember doing this with straws when I was a kid although I remember some of them not making it! Thanks for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again next week x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 22, 2016 - 9:45 pm

Hens are fab to keep, I’d recommend them to anyone 🙂 The kids loved blowing the eggs – think they couldn’t believe that they heard me right when I first told them what we were going to do!

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Dean of Little Steps February 17, 2016 - 10:03 am

This looks lovely and a bit difficult to do though, especially with a five-year-old. I might have to try to do this on my own 😉 #BloggersClubUK

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Sarah - Craft Invaders February 20, 2016 - 12:01 pm

The scratching is a bit fiddly – my kids enjoyed the actual process of blowing the egg best 🙂

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Jenny Eaves October 21, 2015 - 1:51 pm

This is a fantastic idea and it doesn’t look too difficult either! I love that you used syringes to get the yolk out, we’ve always blown our out by mouth. The butterfly pattern is very sweet, I’m going to try this next Easter for decoration.
Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x

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Sarah October 21, 2015 - 4:59 pm

The syringes work well for anyone who would prefer not to blow them by mouth, although both work well! I’m hoping to get my hands on some goose eggs next to try it with 🙂

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Leandra October 18, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Stunning! Must remember these for Easter #howtosundsys

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Sarah October 18, 2015 - 10:30 pm

This is such a fun project to do, we are going to try to make some christmas ones to hang on our tree this year 🙂

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Zena's Suitcase September 1, 2015 - 8:23 pm

What a beautiful but simple idea. I think my kids would love doing this

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Sarah September 1, 2015 - 8:51 pm

Mine particularly enjoyed the egg blowing – we’ve just been given a dremmel so we plan to try our hand at egg carving next which I suspect will be hilarious! Thanks for popping by x

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Ann Winters August 26, 2015 - 8:18 pm

This is brilliant! Love the eggs! 🙂 have to try this one…. Seems perfect for easter decors!
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Sarah August 26, 2015 - 9:16 pm

Would be perfect at Easter! Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment x

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